Monday, May 31, 2004

Business People

Promotions and new on the job

• John W. Drummey III has joined Merrill Lynch as a financial adviser in the Fort Mitchell office. Drummey has five years' experience in retirement planning.

• Andrew J. Marovich and Scott T. Gilbert have joined Gerner & Kearns Co., L.P.A. as associate attorneys.

• JoAnne Ruff has been named vice president of operations at Spring Valley Bank; Marie Leon vice president of lending, and Debbie Schuster retail banking manager.

• Kate Wiberg, a fashion designer and barista, has joined Ideopia as an account planner.

• Carol Luken has been appointed account executive for Central Business Group (CBG), Cincinnati regional sales office.

• Suraj J. Bhakta has joined Furnier Thomas LLP as an associate.

• Larry D. Armstrong has joined ImagePoint as plant manager in the Florence plant. Armstrong will be responsible for key performance indicators such as safety, quality, delivery and cost. He was director of operations for Hill-Rom Co. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Dayton and a master's degree in business administration from Xavier University.

• Dr. Robert G. Luke, director of internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, has been appointed to the board of regents of the American College of Physicians for a three-year term.

• Jim Gelis has joined K4 Architecture LLC as project architect.

• Tony Perera has joined 3SG as director of operations. Perera will have management responsibility for 3SG's insurance business process co-sourcing services. He has 26 years of insurance industry management experience, including 15 years in senior operations management positions for Cincinnati-based Great American Financial Resources Inc. Besides insurance business process co-sourcing, 3SG provides document and data management services, information technology professional services and software development services.

• Ben Koth has been named president of D.K. Services Inc., a Cincinnati-based engineering consulting company.

• Mike Webster has been appointed president at PM Co., converter and supplier of business machine paper roll products.

• John Farmer and Randy Smith, consulting actuaries, have been named directors of Mellon Human Resources and Investor Solutions, the worldwide human resources and shareholder services sector of Mellon Financial Corp.


• William "Joe" Childers, project manager in U.S. Bank's direct lending department, and Fay Ellen Fitzgerrel, customer service manager at U.S. Bank's Lunken Operations Express Service Center, have been named to the U.S. Bancorp Circle of Service Excellence, a quarterly award given to employees who provide exceptional service and attention to customers and fellow employees.

• Bernie Stevens, president and chief executive of PowerNet Global Communications, has been awarded the annual Deal Maker/Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Association for Corporate Growth.

• KZF Design, a Cincinnati-based architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm, has won the Architect of the Year Award from the American Subcontractors Association of Cincinnati.

• Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired presented Romano's Macaroni Grill located in Springdale, the Employment Partner of the Year Award.

• Charlotte Otto, global external affairs officer of the Procter & Gamble Co., has received the 2004 Human Relations Award of the American Jewish Committee Cincinnati Chapter.

New businesses

• Beansprouts, a new thrift store managed by Debora and Jeff Caley, has opened in the Pendleton Building, 2760 Eastern Ave. All proceeds from sales will go to the Cincinnati Foundation for Educational Initiatives. The mission of this foundation is to raise funds for educational programs at Sands Montessori, and in the future, other Cincinnati Public School.


Have news of promotions, awards, honors, retirements or company openings or relocations? Send information to Shirley Dees, Enquirer Business News, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202 or e-mail

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